After a hectic schedule in April, there’s little sign of a slowdown in May with the UFC hosting two events in the same day for the first time, while Bellator unleashes their first pay-per-view card and ONE FC squeezes in two shows.
Friday, May 2nd: ONE FC 15: Rise Of Heroes
Where: Manilla, Philippines
ONE FC gets the month underway with ‘Rise Of Heroes’ which their bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes going up against Masakatsu Ueda who’s won eight of his last nine fights.
Also look out for ONE FC regulars Kotetsu Boku and Eduard Folayang duking it out in the co-main event.
Friday, May 2nd: Bellator 118
Where: New Jersey, United States
Joe Warren fights for the Bellator interim bantamweight title against Rafael Silva in the main event of Bellator 118 on Friday night after the 135lb champ Eduardo Dantes pulled out due to a head injury.
Meanwhile a welterweight tournament semi-final between Andrey Koreshkov and Sam Oropeza goes down in the co-main event slot of the New Jersey card.
Friday, May 9th: Bellator 119
Where: Ontario, Canada
Bellator’s latest middleweight tournament comes to a close on May 9th with Brett Cooper going up against Brandon Halsey.
There’s also featherweight tournament final action as Daniel Weichel faces Desmond Green, and a notable bout featuring Chris Horodecki against Marlon Sandro.
Friday, May 10th: UFC Fight Night 40: Brown Vs Silva
Where: Ohio, United States
The UFC’s first event of the month takes place in Ohio with the high-flying Matt Brown taking on talented Brazilian fighter Erick Silva in the main event.
A middleweight bout featuring Lorenz Larkin Vs Costas Philippou serves as the co-main event here with Erik Koch Vs Daron Kruickshank also featuring on the main card.
Saturday, May 17th: Bellator 120
Where: Mississippi, United States
Bellator 120 marks the promotions first ever PPV event after a previous attempt last year backfired. On this occasion there’s a lightweight title fight action headlining the card as current champion Eddie Alvarez goes up against his rival Michael Chandler for a third time.
The co-main event packs a punch too with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal squaring up to see who wins the season’s heavyweight tournament, while Tito Ortiz also makes his debut against Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko who moves up to light-heavyweight for this encounter.
Saturday, May 24th: UFC 173: Barao Vs Dillashaw
Where: Las Vegas, United States
The UFC’s May pay-per-view offering finds Renan Barao on headline duties attempting to defend his title against Team Alpha Male’s TJ Dillashaw.
The co-feature is a good one, pitting Daniel Cormier against Dan Henderson, and there could also be fireworks in the welterweight clash between Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger.
Friday, May 30th: ONE FC 16: Honor And Glory
Where: Kallang, Singapore
ONE FC’s second event of the month marks former Bellator champ Ben Askren’s debut against Bakhtiyar Abbasov.
Meanwhile the co-main event features two unbeaten up-and-comers as Brazil’s Bruno Pucci locks horns with Australia’s Martin Nguyen.
Saturday, May 31st: UFC Fight Night 41: Munoz Vs Mousasi
Where: Berlin, Germany
May 31st marks the first time ever that the UFC have hosted two events in one day, starting over in Germany with UFC Fight Night 41 which is headlined by a middleweight clash between Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi.
Francis Carmont Vs CB Dollaway serves as your co-main event for this one.
Saturday, May 31st:: TUF Brazil 3 Finale
Get your energy drinks at the ready as we head into the second event of the evening which comes live from Brazil with heavyweight action headlining as former champ Junior dos Santos returns to the Octagon against Stipe Miocic.
Demian Maia is also in action against the debuting Alexander Yakovlev, while the likes of Diego Brandao and Paulo Thiago also feature on the card along with the TUF Brazil 3 finalists.